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Human Rights and Climate Change

It was the 1st World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria with the support of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that took place on 9th December (that I unfortunately could not mention earlier than my previous posting).

Coffee and climate change. Source: Google images

Coffee and climate change. Source: Google images

Related to the UN Climate Change Conference (7-18 December 2009, keywords: A shared vision for long-term cooperative action – Adaptation – Mitigation – Capacity building – Technology – Financing – Measurement – Reporting – Verification), the website of the UN Office of the Human Rights at http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=9667&LangID=e refers also to the following documents and websites on human rights and climate change:

• Human Rights Council Resolutions 7/23 (28 March 2009) and 10/4 (25 March 2009) on “Human rights and climate change” http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/climatechange/index.htm
• Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the relationship between climate change and human rights (A/HRC/10/61) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/climatechange/study.htm
• Human Rights Council panel discussion on the relationship between human rights and climate change http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/climatechange/panel.htm
• Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing to the 64th session of the General Assembly on the impact of climate change on the fulfilment of the right to adequate housing (A/64/255) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/housing/annual.htm
• Report of the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons to the 64th session of the General Assembly on the nexus between climate change and internal displacement (A/64/214) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/idp/annual.htm
• Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing on the mission to Maldives -Preliminary note (A/HRC/10/7/Add.4) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/housing/visits.htm
• Report on “Climate Change and the Right to Food”, prepared by the Columbia Law School under the supervision of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/food/index.htm
• Position Paper by the Independent Expert on water and sanitation on “Climate Change and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation” http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/water/Iexpert/docs/ClimateChange_HRtWS.pdf
• Thematic page on human rights and climate change on the website of the OHCHR http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/climatechange/index.htm

Gateway to the UN Work on Climate Change: http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/climatechange/gateway



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